Improve Our Understanding Of Others by Brian Lui – Instead of actually listen to other people we critically analyze what they say, and preparing our responses. First focus on understanding.
Why Don’t We Help Future by Robin Hanson – People’s observed behavior suggests they discount the future by around 5% (compounded) per year. This suggests the far future probably has low value to most people.
Evolved Policy Gradients by Open Ai – “We’re releasing an experimental metalearning approach called Evolved Policy Gradients, a method that evolves the loss function of learning agents, which can enable fast training on novel tasks. Agents trained with EPG can succeed at basic tasks at test time that were outside their training regime, like learning to navigate to an object on a different side of the room from where it was placed during training.”
Why Was Smallpox So Deadly In The Americas by Eukaryote – What Happened? “In short, probably a total lack of previous exposure to smallpox and the other pathogenic European diseases, combined with cultural responses that helped the pathogen spread. The fact that smallpox was intentionally spread by Europeans in some cases probably contributed, but I’m not sure how much.”